Summerfest on the Rio was started in 2001 as a way to promote the San Luis Valley's eclectic arts and crafts community. Since then, the annual festival has been held along the winding Rio Grande each year on the first full weekend of June, a kick-off to summertime in Alamosa's spacious and picturesque Cole Park. The fun begins Friday night with Summerfest's signature Concert in the Park. On Saturday morning, visitors return for delicious food, entertainment, and activities provided by more than 150 vendors and food booths around the park. On Sunday, Summerfest hosts a morning outdoor praise and worship service featuring local Christian bands - a special way to begin a Sunday with neighbors and friends. Summerfest Weekend is jam-packed with live entertainers with something for everyone; rock and roll, bluegrass, jazz, Mariachi bands, country, belly dancers, jugglers and more.
The 32nd Tour will showcase the communities of Alamosa, Pagosa Springs, Durango, Ridgway (supported by Ouray), Montrose, Gunnison, and Salida. Beginning in Alamosa, the Gateway to Colorados Great Sand Dunes, the ride will traverse through some of the same mountain passes made famous by the historic Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. From Alamosa, cyclists will cover 447 miles and ascend over 32,000 vertical feet, all the way to the Heart of the Rockies in Salida.
Rails & Ales combines some of our favorite things: classic rail equipment, rustic Rocky Mountain setting, live music, smoking hot BBQ and handcrafted brews from the region's best. There's just something so special about hopping on a train with friends to the wide open space we call Fir Station - our "little piece of Heaven" custom-built for the railroad meant to highlight how nature can so perfectly complement music. The Rails & Ales Brewfest brings together brewers and their devoted fans, a hardy group that understands the simple truth of this event - you only get here by rail and it doesn't get any better than this.
The Alamosa Round-Up has been a part of the thriving western
heritage in Colorado for over 30 years, bringing a full week of
activities to the San Luis Valley.
Join us for the Downtown Cattle Drive, Demolition Derby, Parade,
and PRCA Rodeo. The Bull Riding alone is worth the trip to town.
Top Cowboys and Cowgirls from around the country as well as future
champions don their hats, chap up, and put on a show for the fans.
You can visit the Market every Saturday during the months of July
At the Alamosa Farmers' Market you can find fresh, local and
regional produce, baked goods, crafts, cooking demos, live music,
kids activities, and cultural events.
Come out and support local food and local growth by visiting the
Alamosa Farmers' Market.
South Fork celebrates the areas culture and history during the Logger Days Festival. Events and competitions taking place throughout the weekend celebrate the time-honored tradition of logging, an initial economic draw for the area. Crowd-favorite competitions include chainsaw carving, the ax throw, the two-man cross cut, and a relay-type race with team members pulled from the audience.
An event over 100 years strong! The Manassa Pioneer Days
celebration packs the town chock-full of carnival rides, fair food,
old timey bandstands, Miss Pioneer princesses, and the events
crown jewel, the parade
A parade so stuffed with entertainment, it runs up and down Main
The Ski-Hi Stampede, Colorados oldest pro rodeo, has roots as deep as the San Luis Valley itself. It began in 1919, but two years were deducted because of World War II, when no events were held. The first rodeo was held August 11-13, 1919, and was called the Ski-Hi Stampede. Old newspapers reported that more than 10,000 people assembled to watch the local competition. It has continued for nine decades as an annual event and is an important piece of western history that can still be lived.
oin us for the San Luis Valley Beat the Heat BBQ, a sanctioned
Kansas City Barbecue Society and Rocky Mountain Barbecue
Association State Championship event. Enjoy BBQ and beer, and stock
up on freshly roasted green chilies from one of the roasters.
Live music all day Saturday with kids games and family
entertainment. Cookers will compete for prizes in chicken, pork,
ribs, and brisket, along with dessert and Anything Bu
e Early Iron Festival is your chance to see over 300 vintage vehicles painstakingly restored, heavily modified, or gently used. Take in the sunshine and sights as you explore machinery of yesteryear. The rodders circle Cole Park early Saturday morning looking forward to a day of talking, swapping, and catching up with old friends. Car buffs from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Kansas swarm the park, oohing and aahing, choosing their favorite and trading stories about their first car. After an enjoyable day in the autumn sun, the Early Iron Club hosts a rodders banquet to a capacity crowd of 650. Food and beverages are available the main day of the event throughout the park.